SYRACUSE With one strong move and one accurate shot, Dan Ginestro delivered more glory for the West Genesee boys lacrosse team - and more heartache for Fayetteville-Manlius.
Ginestro's goal at the 2:32 mark of the second overtime period gave the Wildcats a 6-5 victory over the Hornets in Tuesday night's Section III Class A championship game at the Carrier Dome.
The moment Ginestro's shot found the net, twin scenes of happiness and despair played out. WG's players piled on top of Ginestro, while F-M's players slumped to that same Dome turf in shock, many of them unable to fight back the tears as the Wildcats accepted its sectional awards.
After a one-year hiatus, WG returned to the sectional throne it has enjoyed so many times before, earning its 18th title in 20 years, while F-M, who was undefeated and no. 3 in the state Class A rankings, remains without a sectional championship since 1993.
Wildcats head coach Mike Messere said that this title may mean a bit more because of how much his players struggled early in the season and searched for consistency.
"They were very frustrated, but they came through," he said. "They came from so far back. To get to this level is pretty good."
F-M head coach Chris Kenneally said his team had no excuses for the outcome.
"We had our chances and didn't get that last goal," he said. "It was a great game. West Genesee deserves everything they got tonight. We left it all on the field."
Twice, F-M erased two-goal Wildcat leads, and literally came within inches of winning it in a wild sequence at the end of regulation.
WG had a man-up situation with 1:10 left after Clay Arnold, frustrated with turning the ball over on an F-M possession, committed a pushing foul. But the Wildcats could not convert, as Hornets goalie stuffed Ryan St. Croix's point-blank attempt.